Common Heather; calluna vulgaris or 'Ling' is a native of the British Isles and is found growing wild on moors, common land, hills and mountains throughout Britain.
Heather is unmistakable in late summer when its tiny lilac or pink flowers are open, and entire hillsides may be saturated with their colour.
Its flowers and leaves, which are like tiny overlapping scales, are much smaller than those of other heathers (Erica) species.
The plant was an invaluable resource for peasant communities; its springy, woody branches were used to stuff mattresses, to thatch roofs, to strengthen primitive mud and clay walls, and it was also made into household articles, such as brooms and rope.
The abundance of the flowers, and the sweetness of the nectar, make it a favourite of beekeepers; and the flowering tops have been used for making beer.
The young shoots are surprisingly soft and palatable, and provide food for game birds, such as grouse.
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